Important: CPC requirements for a learner permit/driving licence
Where a person wishes to take out a learner permit or a driving licence in categories C, CE, under 21 years or for D, DE under 24 years then they must complete CPC even where they do not wish to drive professionally.
Therefore, an application for a learner permit must be supported with a driver theory test certificate in the category (known as CPC Step 1) and also two-hour case study theory test (known as CPC Step 2).
An application for a driving licence must be supported with the standard 90-minute driving test cert of competency (known as CPC Step 3) and a 30-minute practical test (known as CPC Step 4).
THERE IS NO NEED TO DO THE CPC IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER. UNLESS YOU ARE LESS THAN 21 FOR TRUCK OR LESS THAN 24 FOR BUS.
How to get your Cpc?
Step 1: Pass the theory test truck or bus
Step 2: Pass the theory test Cpc study case ( 6 Stories for bus, 9 stories for truck)
Step 3: Pass the Cpc Practical test. You need a truck for that test.
Truck hire for Cpc Practical test: €70. We provide learning materials for Cpc practical test.
Driver CPC Case Study
After receiving the Learner Permit and before taking the practical exam, you should pass the Driver CPC Case Study. After two Driver CPC theoretical tests have been passed, you can buy a truck or bus ride and set a date for the practical test yourself. The practical exam costs 120 euros and lasts 90 minutes, after the exam there is a break and then the Driver CPC practical exam takes half an hour. You should pay for it 32 euros.
If you are at this stage, please contact us.
Information on Driver CPC
DRIVER CPC EXAMINATIONS (CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE) include:
- 2 theory tests
- 2 practical exams
Driver CPC theoretical exams
These exams can only be taken in English at more than 40 centers across Ireland. Both exams can be taken on one day.
Driver CPC Theory Test – Step 1
One exam is a multiple-choice test (answers: a, b, c, d)
The entire material for study includes 238 questions.
There will be 100 questions on the exam. To pass, you must answer correctly to at least 61.
Duration of the exam: 2 hours.
Driver CPC Case Study – Step 2
The second exam is descriptive (Case Studies).
It includes short descriptions of situations (scenarios) that a truck driver may encounter. The learning material includes 9 scenarios.
There will be 3 questionable scenarios for the exam (15 questions for each situation). There are 45 questions in total. To pass, you must answer correctly to a minimum of 28, with at least 5 questions for each situation.
Duration of the exam: 2 hours.
Ordering CPC Theoretical Exams:
CPC Theoretical Exams can be booked and paid for:
- via the Internet: www.theorytest.ie
- by phone: 1890 606 106
CPC Theoretical Exams Cost:
144 euro (2 exams 72 euro each)
Study Materials for CPC Theoretical Exams:
A book preparing for the above-mentioned exams can be purchased online https://dttstore.prometric.com/
CPC Practice Exams
Exams can be taken at over 40 centers across Ireland.
The theoretical part of the driving test, i.e. the first 15 minutes, can be taken in Polish with the help of an interpreter.
Ordering CPC practice exams:
CPC Practice Exams can be ordered and paid for:
- via the Internet: MyRoadSafety
- by phone: 1890 40 60 40
Driving test: 120 euros
Practical test: 32 euros
After passing all the exams, you will receive a professional driver card, but for it to be valid once a year for the next five years, you must attend a retraining course.
- You must enlist the help of a licensed driving instructor to prepare well for the CPC driving exams.
- It is recommended that you pass both CPC practice exams on the same day.
If you have a bus license issued before September 10, 2008 or a truck license issued before September 10, 2009, you automatically become the Driver CPC professional qualification and no additional exams are required. You have the so-called acquired right.
To obtain a full Driver CPC (certificate of professional qualification), you will still need to complete a 35-hour so-called periodic training (PERIOD TRAINING). In Ireland, they are carried out gradually over a period of 5 years, after 1 day (7 hours) in a given year (the date marking the beginning of the next training year: 10 September).